I have to chuckle at the title of this post! I originally wrote BYOB! It's been that kind of week, and I actually thought that that was the name of the stamp set I used. In actuality, it is BYOP - Buy Your Own Present, a stamp set to use when you give a gift card, which is a very practical kind of gift these days! There are all sorts of situations when a gift card is the best solution, and I think they are all featured in this great set. One of them is Grad, and when I saw As You See It Challenges colour swatch this week (Thanks, Desireé!) I immediately thought of a grad gown.
And it is that time of year, isn't it? Grads are walking across the stage everywhere to claim their diplomas wearing all sorts of cool regalia. Here's my version:
- This may look easy to achieve, but let me tell you, it isn't! To get the same shaped V in every colour of cardstock used here, but just a little offset from the others was not a piece of cake. To do it, I cut 4 colours of cardstock in equal sized 3 3/4" x 5" pieces. I then placed them together, aligned horizontally, but each offset about 1/4" from the next vertically. I found the middle of the top edge and cut a slit the length I wanted the V to go then made marks on the top edge equidistant from the center on either side. I cut from the marks on the edge to the bottom of the slit to make the Vs. The problem turned out to be that I couldn't cut through all four layers at once neatly. Once I had the marks, I had to separate the pieces and cut individually. When I finally had each piece neatly cut, I put them all together but this time, I aligned them vertically as well and achieved the succession of Vs that you see in the picture.
- After adhering all the pieces, I rounded the top corners using the Project Life Corner Rounder Punch. I used it as well to round the top of the tie, and I used the tip of the tiny star punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack to create the indents below the knot of the tie.
- I used the Squares Collection Framelits for the Grad Cap and I made the tassel using the tassel from the Balloon Framelits. Again, I put three colours of cardstock together but offset about 1/8" from each other horizontally and used the framelit to die cut the tassel. It's attached to the cap with a glue dot.
- The sentiment, from BYOP Stamp Set, was also difficult to achieve neatly. I stamped the Congratulations first in Real Read ink, masking the Grad using tape. I cleaned the stamp well, masked the Congratulations using tape again, and stamped the Grad with Versamark ink. I was careful to use the Embossing Buddy well before stamping with Versamark to try and keep the Black Stampin' Emboss Powder to just the word "Grad". I heat set it and coloured it in with the Tempting Turquoise Stampin' Write Marker. It took me 3 tries to get this right!
- I die cut the sentiment using the Apothecary Accents Framelits, which are retiring June 2, and I cut out the same shape in Daffodil Delight cardstock and used it as a shadow for the sentiment.
There you have it. What could you create with those three colours? Why not play along if you have some crafting time this weekend?
This weekend, I'm hoping to do some fundraising for aiding the relief effort in Nepal. On Sunday, I will post a special blog post with some projects I have put together just for this purpose. It may include individual cards, packets of cards and some home decor items. I will post them on my blog and I hope to get people to bid on them as for a silent auction. The auction deadline will be Thursday evening at 11:00 pm. All the proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross for Nepal.
If you would like to help out, please submit a bid or two and you will not only get a nice papercrafting project, but all bidders will be emailed a free photo tutorial for this card:
Please check back on Sunday, to check out the projects you could bid on. I don't know if this will catch on with other demonstrators, but even if it doesn't I want to go ahead with the effort, to do something. If you are a papercrafter, see if you can come up with a fundraiser of your own, of any kind and post your fundraiser and the amount you are donating to the Nepal charity of your choice on Facebook using the hashtag, #StampingforNepal, and let's see what we can do! Stamper's are awesome people!
Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the Stampin' Up! products used to make this card today!